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Old 04-05-2017, 03:29 PM
Maxbumpo Maxbumpo is offline
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There may be another heat exchanger between coolant and engine oil, on the oil pan. I don't remember which side of the pan for sure, I think the driver's side. However, a leak there would normally go the other way - coolant into the engine oil.

If the front of the gasket looked like it was breached at the oil passage between #1 cylinder and the timing chain case, that is probably your culprit and certainly something that needed to be fixed with a new gasket.

Proper pressure testing the coolant passages requires a special plate bolted to the head, and the head immersed in a hot tank (80 deg C), and then the coolant passages are pressurized while you watch for bubbles. I made a poor man's version by only pressurizing the exhaust manifold, using a 55 gallon drum cut in half as the hot tank.
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